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Man to serve three years for robbing a bell ringer

By Times Staff
Published March 1, 2005

LARGO - A 19-year-old man charged with robbing a Salvation Army bell-ringer over the holidays has been sentenced to more than three years in prison. Dustin S. Zirbes of Seminole pleaded guilty to a robbery charge Monday.

On Nov. 24, investigators say, Zirbes brandished a knife in front of a Salvation Army solicitor outside Winn-Dixie at 12975 Park Blvd. Zirbes demanded money and fled with the bell-ringer's red kettle, which contained about $300, the Pinellas Sheriff's Office said.

Judge Doug Baird sentenced Zirbes to just more than 41 months in prison, though he will receive credit for the 71 days he has served in the Pinellas County Jail since his arrest.

Prosecutors won't pursue domestic violence charge

LARGO - Prosecutors will not pursue a domestic battery charge against a WTVT-Ch. 13 reporter who was arrested Feb. 6.

Roxanne Evanina, 38, was arrested at her Clearwater residence after she got into a confrontation with her live-in boyfriend over a laptop computer, authorities said. Pinellas deputies arrived and came to believe Evanina had sprayed bleach on her boyfriend's face and clothes.

The boyfriend later told prosecutors he did not want to pursue the case, said Bruce Bartlett, the chief assistant in State Attorney Bernie McCabe's office. Prosecutors also learned Evanina did not intend to spray her boyfriend when she threw a bottle of cleaning solution against a wall. The solution was not bleach, Bartlett said.

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